“Gary told me he doesn’t want to marry me after all.” Michelle cried and twisted tissue on her lap. “It’s three weeks before the wedding. What am I going to do?”

I listened and empathized with her as she sobbed.

Michelle looked up at me and said, “I’m crushed. I felt certain he was the one.” She sighed and brushed tears from her face. “Have you ever felt crushed?”

With a nod I said, “I felt crushed after the divorce. My dreams were shattered.” After a pause, I said, “Fifteen years ago, I felt crushed after a diagnosis of cancer. The loss of my mother and my only child crushed me more than I ever thought possible.”

“But you’re still here, smiling, and happy.” She stared at me and asked, “How did you do it or do you pretend to be happy?”

I couldn’t help but laugh. “I don’t pretend, and I didn’t do it on my own. My family, my prayer warrior friends, and the Lord helped me.”

Psalm 142:3 came to mind. “Listen to this, ‘The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead.’”

“At that Michelle said, “I feel dead right now. I wish I were dead.”

I told her the psalmist’s solution in verse 5, “I remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done.”

She raised a brow, as I continued, “By remembering all the times God had helped me, I grew in faith that he would help me again.”

“It can’t be that easy,” she screamed? “What else did you do?”

I laughed and assured her it took time. “After each challenge, it was a process that didn’t happen overnight. However, in that same psalm, verse 8b says, ‘Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.’”

Her eyes widened, and she asked, “Will God show me the way I should go?”

I suggested she ask him and find out for herself. Then she could tell me what happened. She agreed to try it.

What will you do if you feel crushed? Will you try the psalmist’s solution in Psalm 142?

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega May 23, 2016

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